The Academy of International Business (AIB) is the leading association of scholars and specialists in the field of international business. Established in 1959, the AIB has 3010 members in 88 countries. Members include scholars from leading academic institutions, consultants and practitioners. It has about 16 chapters which include the AIB Africa Chapter; The Chapter is speared headed by an Executive team in the persons of Professor Yaw Debrah who serves as the chapter chair, Professor Nathaniel Boso the, Gladys Wanjiku Thuita, Tendy Matenge, Nkemdilim Iheanchor and Theresa Onaji-Benson.
Under the auspices, AIB Africa Chapter; the KNUST School of Business hosted the 2019 conference. The KNUST School of Business set up a hosting secretariat to manage the affairs of AIB Africa Conference 2019. The Secretariat comprised of Professor Nathaniel Boso, Dr John Serbe Marfo, Ruby Owusu Ansah, Adeline Angkosaala, Elizabeth Esi Amissah, Evans Amoah, Edmund Yeboah Ofori, Samuel Frimpong, Foster Dedume, Patrice Vasco Asamoah.
The AIB Africa Conference 2019 was held in Ghana at Fiesta royale, Accra, from the 4th of August to the 7th of August however, participants had the opportunity to tour Elmina and Kumasi as the visited some notable educational institutions in Ghana as well as notable historical and tourist landmarks like the Elmina Castle and the Kumasi Manhyia Palace Museum in the Central Region and Ashanti Region respectively on the 3rd of August. Keynote Speakers at the conference were Prof. Helena Barnard, Prof. George Gyan-Baffour and Dr Ibrahim Mohammed Awal.
The conference kicked off with a Doctoral Consortium and series of presentations and discussions, mentor sessions amidst coffee breaks that allowed for networking and socialising. Participants touched on topics surrounding Africa in China, Investment, Export Promotion and Performance, FDI, Supply Chains and IPAS, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Global CSR and Sustainability. Together with A gala and awards night that saw Beatrice Maisori from Riara University, Kenya winning the Best Paper Award, King Carl Tornam Duho from University of Ghana Business School won the Best Reviewer Award, Peta Thomas from University of Johannesburg, South Africa won Best Track Chair Award and the Doctoral Paper Nominees are Emmanuel Kwabena Anin, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and Emmanuel Quaye, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa.
However, the success of the conference would not be realized without the help of our numerous sponsors, namely GoldFields, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Jospong Group of Companies, Glico, Donyma Steel Complex Limited, TV Africa, Agyeiwaa Memorial Company Limited, Kessben College, University of Professional Studies Accra, Osons Chemist Limited, Yesegya Enterprise and Dream Brander Network. We express our gratitude for the reception and support for our course.
With the sights set for the future, AIB Africa 2020 will be held in Hong Kong together with AIB Global. Registration details are available at https://aib.msu.edu. Hopefully, this step will contribute to a more prosperous, just, and sustainable world by fostering a global, collaborative community of international business scholars, educators, and decision‐makers. As many as may arise from the African diaspora, especially, the KNUST School of Business.